Data this week will probably show retail sales in the U.S. rose in November by the most in five months, while factory production in the U.K. grew in October for a second consecutive month. Elsewhere, the Chilean presidential election may determine whether the country’s companies boost spending, and Australia’s conservative government will probably issue its midyear fiscal review.
Ireland’s Finance Minister Michael Noonan said he hopes Moody’s Investors Service will raise the nation’s credit rating from non-investment grade as the country exits its bailout program and plans debt sales.
Germany’s government bonds headed for a weekly loss, with 10-year yields rising the most since August, before a report analysts said will show factory orders in Europe’s largest economy declined in October.
Following the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index’s record high in November, will stocks continue their ascent amid what’s likely to be lackluster global expansion in 2014? In September, the U.S. Federal Reserve’s unexpected delay in tapering its stimulus program whipsawed debt markets. Where should bond investors go for returns?
Henar Fuentes held out the white cardigan sweater as if she wanted nothing more in the world. It was on sale for 8.45 euros ($11.44) at a Madrid boutique just a few minutes’ walk from the Puerta del Sol.